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Moved!

It started to feel there for a while like we would never get moved but it has indeed happened!  It was a crazy experience with lots of pouring rain and general mishaps but we are all moved into our temporary home in Texas.  We are renting a double-wide trailer in a mobile home park that is just down the street from Patrick’s base.  He has started classes already and is enjoying them.  I have started back with homeschooling too.  It’s nice to be back to a routine.  I really like the small town atmosphere and everything is green and beautiful this time of year.  I’m told that it will get very hot soon, it’s already warm and after a Utah winter, I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

So glad to be in Texas!

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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2010 Tucson Bible Conference

The Tucson Bible conference was amazing.  I came home exhausted but at the same time refreshed and more relaxed than I’ve been in a long time.  I’ve tried to get a post out but one thing after another has kept me from being able to write.  I think part of the problem is the inability to sum up.  There just isn’t any way to sum it all up and I’m not sure yet how to express how the lessons from the conference have affected me.  I took some time today to listen again to the first part.  There was something life changing once again in these conference lessons and it was mostly a shift in the way I think.  I don’t know how that will affect application at this point but the change in mental attitude is always first.   I caught a glimpse of how complete in Christ I really am.  I saw how perfect my relationship with God is, right now.  I could see that He has made it perfect, that He didn’t wait for me to get it right or do something worthy of Him.  It is an unfathomable love that would go to such lengths to restore fallen creatures even knowing they wouldn’t all respond.  To understand that we are restored to what God wants, right now, that there isn’t anything left for us to do but live in that truth… it was just amazing.  It was also very freeing to know that God isn’t waiting for me to do a great work for Him, I’m to focus on His great work because it is the only work that matters.  Even the great commission isn’t about a great work that we do but sharing with others His great work.  This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have great plans for us but once again it is His plan and His work that will accomplish it.  I have looked at my performance as not being enough, not enough prayer or application but I failed to look at His work in me as being complete.  He has never seen me as “not enough” after-all He paid an enormous price to make me perfect and complete.  As I go through the experience of having two natures this understanding has the potential to give me complete peace of mind even in great failure.  Another part of the conference that really stands out to me right now was the idea of being convinced about reconciliation and restoration.  Usually what happens is that I understand it but in the face of failing or falling on my face I am not convinced that God really is at peace with me and so it takes me a long time to get back up and go forward with peace of mind.  I can see that God is working on convincing me, that He’s really for me and wants me to live in the freedom He has purchased.

We made some new friends at the conference which was very exciting and we also got to spend time with our dearest friends which was very satisfying.  I may have more to say about it later so I’ll just keep it short today.

Keep Sailing,
Mary

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Tucson Trip

It’s time again for our annual trip to the Tucson Conference.  It has proved to be a time of fun and fellowship over the years and also challenging as well.  It’s 3 days of face-to-face Bible teaching from my Pastor Teacher Robert McLaughlin and also other pastors who work together at these conferences around the country to bring members of their congregation who live in remote places together for teaching and fellowship.  I look forward to writing about it when we return home.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Travels

Oct vacation 010The kids and I returned last week from a 10 day trip to visit friends and family!  It was one of those crazy hair-brained ideas I get from time to time.  Sure, why not a 12 hour drive all by myself with 2 kids.  It will be fun and educational!  Well, it was but I think the educational part was more on my end than theirs.  I really felt the Lord was giving me a push to go on this trip and it turned out to be very rewarding.  I get a little starved for like-minded fellowship here in the doctrinally remote parts of Utah, so spending time with my best doctrinal girl-friends is sweet refreshment.  My friend Theresa is also out in remote parts but in her case it’s AZ.  She was like cool water on a hot day.  We had such a good time talking even with our 7 kids running amuck and a few even being pretty sick with the flu.  She gave me incredible encouragement about this season of life we are in, raising kids and being help to our husbands through thick and thin, and knowing it’s ok to put on hold dreams and talents, for now.  It was awesome to be able to march together even just for a week.  Listening to Bible class together and re-arranging the furniture which was a blast.  I also got to be a part of their local assembly in a special NAGBC Camp/Bible class in the woods that Sunday!  It was really cool.  I loved getting to see their group in action, going forward together.

I was also able to visit with my family at the same time since Theresa is my brother’s wife (what luck for me!).  It was great to see my parents and watch my kids enjoy them and visa versa.  My mom made me desserts!  She knows I love pie and we watched movies.  It was such fun!

Then we went to Tucson where our local assembly is located.  There my friend Kelli spoiled me with friendship and food.  Sunday was a great culmination to the whole trip with Bible class surrounded by my very own “local” assembly which I have missed tremendously.  It was so cool to surprise my friend Kris and get to visit with her very briefly.  Then after class my friend Karen was able to visit all afternoon and we girls all sat and talked about the Lord and what we had been learning lately.  It was wonderful… 

Oct vacation 016It’s taken me a week to recover from all the driving and visiting but it was one of those really life-changing trips.  I was challenged in many areas and I learned volumes that can’t be expressed.  It was a chance to put some doctrines to work and to do some “field work” instead of “homework”. 

Keep Sailing,
Mary

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